Introduction to Quran Scan

Assalamu Alaykum

I have an Arabic father and an Indian mother.

Growing up, I went back and forth between two different countries, with completely different languages, cultures, and traditions.

I am an Arabic girl, but I consider both Saudi Arabia and India as my home. I have family in each country.

But there’s no denying the fact that my first language is Arabic, and my education is Islamic. My mother made sure that all her children went to Islamic schools.

Her family in India didn’t speak Arabic, but they were Muslims, and they could read the Quran.

I was visiting them in India once, during the month of Ramadan.

One of my aunts was reading the Quran, then she suddenly turned towards me and asked me a question that broke my heart completely.

“Can you understand the Quran when you read it?”

I was confused by such a question that it took me a few seconds to realize what she meant.

My aunt can read Arabic, but she couldn’t understand a single word of what she was reading.

She couldn’t notice the eloquence of the Quran and discover the beauty of its words.

She couldn’t register the basic meanings of the words, let alone understand the deeper interpretations behind them.

She couldn’t get these aha! moments when she was reading something in the Quran that she can relate to or can solve one of her problems.

She needed Quran interpretation books in her language to understand it.

The problem is, these books only give her the basic definitions of the words only, which were written by a human: the translator.

She couldn’t reflect on the Quran’s words with only a human translation.

She missed plenty of the treasures of the Quran because she wasn’t Arabic.

The whole point of reading and memorizing the Quran is for us to implement it in our daily lives and live by its teachings.

But how can we do that if we miss a lot of its meanings?

Even Arabic speakers find difficulties sometimes in reflecting and understanding the Quran. We miss the miraculous wisdom and knowledge behind the verses because we don’t concentrate enough on the words.

Reading Tafseer, or translations will help a little. But it only gives you one person’s interpretation. You will still miss a lot.

So what’s the solution? How can we best benefit from the Quran?

How do we know which lessons to implement?

How do we reflect on the meanings behind the verses and discover the secret treasures behind them?

Can we learn Tadabbur (contemplation & reflection of the Quran)?

The answer, it turned out, is YES!

Reflecting on the Quran is a skill that you can aquire and grow

What do you see when you look at the Quran?

You probably look at the Mushaf and find written words and phrases. It looks like any other book.

But when you read it (or listen to it), you can feel something. You don’t know what it is, but there is something unusual about those words.

Of course, it’s unusual. It’s the words of the One who created you. The One who created your heart and your mind. He knows how they work better than any doctor or scientist out there.

His words won’t be normal.

So naturally, our understanding of those words won’t be the same.

Do you know how impressed we get when someone uses clever words that have a double meaning behind them? They call it double entendre.

Or how some of us love puns, even if they were ridiculous?

There is something very satisfying and remarkable when you understand a different meaning behind the words that were supposed to mean something else.

You get impressed. And that’s a positive feeling.

If that’s how you feel towards clever people’s words, then what do you think you would feel like when you realize that the Quran, Allah’s words, is an endless ocean of meanings that were not discovered yet?

Since the Quran reached us more than 1440 years ago through Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, we only skimmed through some of those meanings.

But the feeling you get when you discover new meanings behind the verses?

It’s incredible!

So much better than double entendres or puns, that’s for sure.

The Quran’s treasures are endless!

The Quran is like the sea. It has an exterior, which is the sea surface. And it has an interior which is the deep sea. Some people might swim on the surface and say: Where are the treasures that make me rich? I didn’t find them! We say: You need to dive. You need diving tools. Those who only swim the surface will never reach those treasures. Even if they spend their whole lives swimming.

Dr. Khalid Al-Lahim, Keys to Quran Tadabbur and Life Success

Let’s fill the gap in our Quran Journey!

Even though Memorizing the Quran is important, we find a strange thing in our Islamic World. There are hundreds of thousands of schools that care about Quran memorization. But we can’t find a single school that specializes in Tadabbur (contemplation, interpretation, and reflection) of the Quran!

Dr. Abdul-Kareem Bakkar

This is why I decided to create this new membership program.

To be honest, I first thought that I could make an online course about Taddabbur, but that idea quickly went out of the window.

I realized that Quran is a never-ending ocean of knowledge and wisdom.

If I spent my whole life trying to uncover every secret, tip, and advice, I wouldn’t ever come close to finding them all.

But I still want to help you gain the skill of Tadabbur.

I want to make understanding the Holy Quran less daunting for you, even if you can’t understand Arabic.

I want you to read the Quran and pay attention to the hidden lessons that you probably will miss if you simply read the translations or Tafseer.

Together, we will inspire each other, discover the secrets of the Quran, and realize how to implement what we learned in our daily lives.

With Allah’s guidance, then this membership program (Quran Scan), you will, in-sha-Allah, slowly and surely learn the skill of Tadabbur and live in a paradise that only the people who love the Quran and reflect on its meanings know about.

Disadvantages of this program

I want to be as honest and transparent with you as I possibly can. So here are the main disadvantages of this program that I could think of:

  • It’s a journey: This program might probably take a long time to reach the finish line. (But I hope you will enjoy the journey so much that you wouldn’t want it to finish!)
  • It’s a solo-work: I’m working on it alone, because I can’t afford to hire help. I have to do the research, the writing, and the illustrations on my own.
  • It’s bi-weekly: I’ll try my best to post new lessons every 2 weeks, in-sha-Allah. I wish it could be daily, or even weekly. (Once I’m able to hire a much-needed help, I might be able to post more often, in-sha-Allah.)

The advantages you will get of this program, in-sha-Allah

  • It will open your mind to the Quran and simplify it for you, even if you can’t understand Arabic.
  • It will help you ask the right questions to contemplate and reflect on the Quran’s meanings.
  • It will open the path for you to all kinds of knowledge and information.
  • It will strengthen your Iman and grow your trust in Allah.
  • It will bless your life in ways you couldn’t ever imagine.
  • It will help you implement the Quran in your daily life in the simplest ways possible.
  • It will make your Quran journey joyful, pleasant, and so much fun!

Who is this program for?

  • Any Muslim woman (or man) who love the Quran, of course!
  • People who struggle in understanding the Quran (whether they can speak Arabic or not).
  • People who want to implement the Quran on their daily lives.
  • People who are interested in finding out the Quran’s secret treasures.
  • Students and teachers of the Quran.
  • New Muslims and Muslimahs.

How to benefit from this membership program?

  • Listen to the audio.
  • Memorize by repeating the audio (optional but hugely beneficial).
  • Read the Verse Meanings carefully.
  • Reflect with me on the meanings.
  • Read the Key Takeaways and put what you can of them on your daily to-do list/schedule.
  • Write your own reflections and inspirations in the comment section, so we can all benefit from each other.
  • Come back to these lessons whenever you want some inspiration. I plan to add more ideas and reflections to these lessons constantly, in-sha-Allah.

How to access Quran Scan?

To access every lesson I publish in this membership program and join our discussion, you can join Bilislam members here:

Do you have someone that can benefit from the Quran Scan program?

Please, share this post with them and help me spread the word to as many people as possible. You never know. Maybe it will reach someone who really needed it.

May Allah bless you and open your heart to the Quran.

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